Maintaining your home's exterior is not that challenging when you perform routine upkeep. But, there are situations in which the measures that you normally take may not be enough. You may have plans to clean your gutters on your standard schedule in a month or two. This is something that you should consider changing when you know that a long and heavy storm is on the way.
Hiring a company perform gutter cleaning before it arrives will ensure that your property is ready.
Get Rid of All Buildup
The main thing that gutter cleaning accomplishes is removing all the built-up dirt, leaves, and twigs. Some animals use the gutters as a place to store their food or treasures, so this service will also help in removing these stowed away items that can congest the entire gutter system. It is the perfect time to check for holes or cracks that should be repaired before the storm comes.
It is likely that heavy buildup will come from the storm, especially with lots of trees nearby. This may require you to get another cleaning service on your normal schedule to combat the storm.
When you have an upcoming storm, you do not want to allow the heavy downpour to cause overflowing and flooding on your property. If the gutter system is congested enough, the water will not make it to the downspouts but just pour right over the edge and near the foundation.
Cleaning the gutter system is the only way to prepare it for a long storm. It may be worth adding a gutter guard to some parts or throughout the entire system to minimize buildup. This will keep large objects such as twigs or leaves from being able to get stuck in the gutter system.
It is helpful to make downspout adjustments before the rain starts falling. If the rain is strong enough and the downspouts are not moved, the water could puddle up and spill towards the foundation. Professionals can extend the downspouts to make sure the water goes far away.
Another way to avoid issues is to change the direction of the water flow. For instance, the original setup may handle normal rain just fine, but it may not be able to sustain heavy downpours. It is possible to change the direction entirely to handle the projected weather.
Cleaning your gutters and making changes or repairs is a smart move before a storm.